Death Squared (RORORORO)

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Clever physics puzzler challenges and entertains.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to communicate with each other and work together to solve problems as that's the only way to complete each level. They can also learn to test their theories and use spatial reasoning as they work their way around a 3-dimensional virtual environment.

Ease of Play

Puzzles start simple and ramp up as players learn the mechanics, but it's possible to get stuck as there's no help for difficult levels.

Violence

Robots are destroyed by lasers, spikes, falling off the game board, etc.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

There are links from the main menu to a shop with branded merchandise. There are also links to the publisher's other games from the settings. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Death Squared (RORORORO) is a puzzle game for iOS and Android devices that can be enjoyed by one or two players on a shared device. There isn't a tutorial, but the game starts out easy and ramps up. Players should expect that their robots will be destroyed at least once before they solve each puzzle. There's some snarky banter between the programmer and his artificial intelligence, but nothing offensive. Players will find a link to purchase related merchandise on the title screen, as well as links to the publisher's other games in the settings menu. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

DEATH SQUARED (RORORORO) casts players as robots in an artificial intelligence simulation that's being put through its paces by programmer Dave and his computer AI, Iris. The goal is to move two robots to color-coded spots on the board while avoiding obstacles, many of which move along with the robots. While it can be enjoyed solo, it's designed for two people to play together simultaneously. Players need to communicate with one another and work together to solve the puzzles without destroying their robots. Spoiler alert -- the robots will be frequently destroyed. On most levels, it's nearly impossible to solve without sacrificing at least one robot to figure out the mechanics. Luckily, the robots quickly regenerate and are ready to try again. The puzzles start simply, but quickly become more devious over time. There are also opportunities for players to customize their robots with cute hats. Throughout gameplay, David and Iris banter with each other, and occasionally throw some shade at the players. There are 80 levels in Story Mode and 10 additional levels for extra challenge.

Is it any good?

It's not always easy to find quality multiplayer mobile games, especially those that require only one device for play. Death Squared (RORORORO) is a wonderful mix of wit, challenge, and true co-op play. Players are tasked with getting two different robots to color-coded locations on a map. But standing in their way is a wide number of hazards that are willing to send your bots to the scrap heap. The puzzles are difficult, but not so much that you want to throw your device in frustration.

As long as you're willing to sacrifice a few robots, you can typically figure out most puzzles, even when the difficulty starts to ramp up. Using the touch screen controls can also be hairy, especially when the controls for the two robots end up on opposite sides of the screen, but that somehow only manages to add to the charm. The same could be said about the dialogue, with characters driving the story commenting on the lack of success demonstrated by the players. The banter is amusing, and it works well. Death Squared (RORORORO) is a great for mult-generational play and will appeal to gamers and non-gamers alike.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about communication and teamwork. Why is that so important in Death Squared (RORORORO)? What happens if players don't work together?

  • What is artificial intelligence, or A.I.? How does the role it serves in Death Squared (RORORORO) compare to real-world uses?

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